AGU Student Prize Winners 2012

Congratulations to all those that entered the GeoPRISMS Student Prize. Of all the quality entries, this page recognizes those that were most highly rated by the judges. Many of the outstanding presentations are available to download via the links from this page.

The GeoPRISMS Prize accepts international entries from any student who can establish a topical link between their research and a stated aim of a GeoPRISMS Program Initiative. To date, winners and honorable mentions have come from both the U.S. and abroad and have gone to around the same number of male and female entrants, and poster and oral presentations.

Thank you to the Judges and the students who entered, whose efforts allow the GeoPRISMS Student Prize to take place. We are also grateful to AGU for their cooperation and assistance with logistics before, during, and after the meeting.

Poster Presentation Winner

Samer Naif – UC San Diego

An extensive melt layer beneath the oceanic lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary discovered by magnetotelluric data

Coauthors: Kerrey W. Key, Steven Constable and Robert L. Evans

From the Judges: Samer was highly knowledgeable about his techniques, data, uncertainty, and nuances in the interpretation. He provided a very coherent presentation that fits within the broader context of GeoPRISMS research.

It is a true honor to be acknowledged for this award. The diverse GeoPRISMS community has always inspired me with its wonderful and exciting research. I am grateful to have a platform that fosters and promotes student research.Samer

Oral Presentation Winner

Maryjo Brounce – University of Rhode Island

Fe3+/SFe variation in Mariana arc and back-arc magmas and primary fO2 of the mantle wedge

Coauthors: Katherine A. Kelley and Liz Cotrell

From the Judges: Maryjo gave a great talk with clear and concise science, and good knowledge of the field. She provided an excellent explanation of a complex topic with important consequences for research relevant to GeoPRISMS.

I am honored to be recognized by the GeoPRISMS community and look forward to contributing to GeoPRISMS efforts in the future.  I am grateful for the support and encouragement that GeoPRISMS provides to promote student research and encourage excellence in communication.Maryjo

Honorable Mention

Erin DiMaggio – Arizona State University

Late Pliocene – Early Pleistocene geologic history of Eastern Ledi-Geraru, Ethiopia: implications for the evolution of the southern Afar depression and hominid paleoenvironments

Coauthors: Ramon Arrowsmith, Christopher J. Campisano, Kaye Reed and Alan Deino

From the Judges: Erin gave an excellent talk that included good graphics and a clear rational. She provided excellent context and discussion for science with important implications.

I am honored to have my research acknowledged by GeoPRISMS, and thank the entire community for their continued efforts to support and promote student research.Erin

Honorable Mention

Kristina Walowski – University of Oregon

Understanding magma formation and mantle conditions in the Lssen segment of the Cascade Arc: Insights from volatile contents of olivine-hosted melt inclusions

Coauthors: Daniel J. Rasmussen, Paul J. Wallace and Michael A. Clynne

From the Judges: Kristina gave a complex and polished talk, very clearly presented. Her topic is timely and pertains to a GeoPRISMS area of focus.

I am delighted and very honored to be recognized by GeoPRISMS for my presentation. I greatly appreciate the efforts made by the GeoPRISMS community to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and thank them for their support of graduate student involvement.Kristina

Honorable Mention

Brad Pitcher, Oregon State University

The evolution of the historic Mt. Etna magma plumbing system: A comprehensive in situ plagioclase compositional and isotopic study 

Coauthors: Wendy Bohrson and Marco Viccaro

From the Judges: Brad had one of the best undergrad studies I have seen. Excellent science along with good graphics; very energetic and engaging presentation.

Thank you so much for awarding me with this distinction. I am very grateful to be recognized by the esteemed community of GeoPRISMS scientists.Brad

Honorable Mention

D. Sarah Stamps, Purdue University

Minimal role of basal shear tractions in driving Nubia-Somalia divergence across the East African Rift System

Coauthors: Eric Calais, Giampiero Iaffaldano and Lucy M. Flesch

From the Judges: Sarah was animated, articulate and highly knowledgeable regarding the subject. She was able to provide thoughtful answers to many difficult questions.

I am honored that the presentation by my colleagues and me on dynamics of rifting in East Africa has been recognized  by the GeoPRISMS community. I look forward to continuing research aligned with GeoPRISMS initiatives using GPS observations and geodynamic modeling. Thank you!D. Sarah

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